Now this is pretty cool: National Geographic teamed up with artisans across the world to start Novica, an online retail shop that sells beautiful handmade home décor and gifts that come directly from the artisan. If you're looking for high quality ethnic furniture and accessories, this is the best place we've come across. It's like World Market without the mass production. Featured here is the 'Spanish Elegance' leather ottoman, hand embossed by artisan Jose Antonio Rios. The Tooled Leather Ottoman is available at Novica for $144.95. The craft of embossing leather in the Rios family has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming a part of Peruvian culture and tradition. To this day, all the design and labor is handmade: embossing is done with chisel and hammer before the leather pieces are placed on the wood base. Here we were, complaining about carpal tunnel from typing.....
I often think its best to provide strong pieces of furniture with an even match, so rather than giving the heavy dining table total center stage I'd temper it with some of my other visually commanding obsessions, all of which share that same sort of 'Sturdy and substantial without being overbearing' quality. The table is available through Silk & Burlap, which has a fabulous new location in Frederick. 00, the Arctic Pear is tragically expensive, but this is a dream room right? Its clean lines are a nice compliment to the dining table, without being so similar in style that it would compete with it. To balance the industrial vibe of the table, I would choose Terrain's Steel Wire Chairs, $398, which are a fun mix of modern and country, whimsical and substantial. To soften the table, I would dress it in casual linen from Brook Farm General Store and EmersonMade, $52, and earthy Nuestra Tierra Chamba servingware from Toque Blanche, which I discovered through the stylish Camille of The Vintique Object. For dinner, I'd serve water, because after splurging on this dream room, that's about all that I could manage...for approximately the next one hundred years.
'Let's be honest, kids destroy stuff often. It's nice to give Bobby the Nintendo paradise he's always wanted in his room, but chances are that 19' LCD will see it's demise at the hands of a game of Wii Bowling. So at what age is it the right time to give the little ones a TV in their room? And what size and kind of TV? Is it ok, in your opinion, to give a toddler the old hand-me-down set in the garage for an in-room TV for watching Sesame Street? Should your tweenager have a cable-ready flat screen? There are a million questions and considerations when making the decision to give your kids their own set. I know families that elect to give their kids a small, inexpensive TV in their room that-for parental control-is connected to only a gaming system and a DVD player. They leave the access to the cable TV for the easily-supervisable family room. Some might think letting kids watch a little bit of supervised educational TV programming when they're keeping busy in ther own spaces can't be a bad thing. Then there's the belief that keeping a TV in a child's room might hinder learning. What do you think? For those of you with kids, when did you let them have their own TVs? Did they have full reign over the airwaves? Or just a spot to play a game? Tell us in the somments! Image from WoodleyWonderWorks at Flickr with a Creative Commons license.
I'd like to introduce another series to Color Therapy, in which we look at great rooms for their color. You may not know this, but the only reason Color Therapy exists is because I was charged with recreating Claude Monet's dining room for Mr. Apartment Therapy himself, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. It's painted in two colors of yellow with dishes and furniture to match, and Maxwell wanted this room replicated in his Long Island bungalow, at a scale greatly reduced. I had pots of paint and began experimenting: banana yellows, school-bus yellows; sunflower, chamomile and taxi. I agree with some of the comments posted on the uses of yellow, as it's a difficult color to get right. I hate the pale pancake-batter yellows many people choose by default; I also find many yellows to be needlessly acid. What about a combination of Ralph Lauren's IB70 Collegiate Yellow, IB71 Beach Yellow and IB72 Bicycle Yellow? Even though they're right in a row on the color deck, they're different hues and values and I think they would create a dazzling room together. I find the Benjamin Moore Color Preview deck to be less helpful, but would consider either a combination of Sunburst 2023-40 and Citron 2024-30; or Sun Porch 2023-30 and Yellow Finch 2024-40. Lastly, Fine Paints of Europe has so many beautiful and complex yellows I don't even know where to start. Send me your ideas for future great rooms! I'm considering the following: the Boucher room at the Frick, Le Corbusier's palette and the Villa Savoy outside of Paris, the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Posted originally from: AT:LA. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.
Maybe the bathroom isn't the first place that comes to mind for hanging art. What better place for a few pieces that will lift your spirits, or just distract you while you're doing your business? A gallery wall is a great pick-me-up for a boring bathroom, and a way that even renters can make their space stand out. Above: A glimpse of a gallery wall in a bathroom from Houzz. A powder room is a great place to display postcards and magazine clippings, as seen on Poppytalk. In this bathroom spotted on Keltainen Talo Rannalla, gold frames bring unity to an eclectic collection. Black frames and black and white art yeild a sophisticated look, as seeon on BHG. This bathroom from Elements of Style is filled with a funky assortment of antique frames. A gallery wall take a bathroom from Domestic Arts to the next level. White frames complement an all-white bathroom from OOTD Magazine. A bathroom gallery wall from The Vault Files gets a little extra kick thanks to a black background.
Hello AT, I am looking for an affordable but good quality mid size kitchen island that could store 2 counter stools underneath. 'Hi Teresa, have you looked at the Somerset Kitchen Island by Crate&Barrel? It has a lot of features built in that make it quite efficient. Not only does it have the butcher block top, but it also has a 10' drop-down leaf, for added work surface. The extension also makes a perfect place to put two stools underneath. It also has drawers, a cabinet, casters, and even a towel rack.
Name: Jessica Location: Ipswich, MA Square Feet: 700 Division: Little What I Love About My Small Home: Though it's a relatively small space, our apartment is spread over two floors, which makes it feel more spacious than it really is. Our cat also really enjoys that aspect and tends to use the staircase as his own personal Stairmaster. Seeing his little face peek around the corner into the living room kills me every single time.
We thought we liked the iPhone-shaped cutting board plenty, but this wooden kitchen cutting board shaped perfectly like a MacBook Pro trumps the iPhone version in size and detailing. 'The MacBook Pro Kitchen Cutting Board is available via Design Spray for about $55 for the 13' MacBook size, $63 for the 15' and $70 for the largest 17' model.
If you're dealing with a little living room, it doesn't mean you can't have a super stylish space. Here are ten small living rooms that prove that less is more - and styling tricks you can steal from each one. Space flows around pieces like these and gives the room a lighter feel. Going without a coffee table entirely can really help to open up a small living room. This small living room is really just a nook in a larger apartment space, but it makes do with just a few key pieces - sofa, coffee table, ottoman, accent chair. A medley of smaller pieces makes this living room feel useful, but not cluttered. A single sofa makes this living room feel cozy but not crowded.
We know a couple that is lucky enough to both be able work from home. Well, they were miserable, until they created this home office 'Door code.' It's a relationship- and life-saver that you can practice yourself, whether or not you or your S.O. work from home. If you're struggling to separate the 'Home' from the 'Office,' you can use this door code to communicate with friends, family or roommates about your, um, availability. By just taking a glance at your home office door, any would-be distractors can figure out whether or not you're open to interruption. What do you think? Is this something you might use at home? Of course, this only works if you have a dedicated home office with a door separating it from the rest of the house. If your home office is a multi-purpose room, how do you communicate your availability to housemates? Tell us in the comments!
We're always simultaneously heartened and chagrined when we read about New York families making clever use of their small spaces. Heartened that it can be done, yet chagrined knowing that we're probably not making the most of what we ourselves have. The Finger-Kennedy family whose apartment was recently featured in Dwell is definitely making the most of their 640 sq. Feet in the East Village with multi-functional furniture, hidden storage and skylights. 'When the family met with the architects who helped them transform and rejigger the apartment young Jonah voiced his opinion that the apartment should feel like a pirate ship. And indeed the architects incorporated ideas from boat design which demands clever solutions for small spaces. See Jonah's bed above? It's also a desk that the whole family can use. There are hidden 8' compartments in the floor to eke out every last bit of storage space. The family's dining table folds down from the wall, but can accommodate a dinner party if need be.